BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said they were carrying out DNA tests on a body they believe could belong to a top aide of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Izzat Ibrahim Douri was reportedly killed during fighting against Sunni insurgent forces, senior Iraqi officials claimed Friday, in a potential blow to factions opposing the government in Baghdad.
But previous reports over the years about Douri’s death have proved wrong. Photos purporting to show his body circulated on social media but not from any official sources.
Iraqi officials said it was unclear when DNA results could be released.
If true, however, the killing of Douri could mark a significant gain against Sunni factions that have made apparent alliances with the Islamic State against the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Abadi met with President Obama on Tuesday in Washington and appealed for more military help in confronting an array of factions, including long-standing Sunni militants, and the rising influence of the Islamic State.